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    During United Nations discussions on disarmament, Nigeria has declared it will not tolerate a new partition of Africa.

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    SCU INTERIOR: Nigerian Foreign Minister Joseph Garba, speaking in English.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: BRIGADIER GARBA: "A comprehensive test ban treaty will be a more persuasive reason for wider adherence to the nuclear proliferation treaty than verbal appeals or threats of unilateral conditions imposed by the cartel of suppliers of nuclear materials. For countries like Nigeria, and other early adherents to the nuclear proliferation treaty, which foreclosed their nuclear option in the expectation that the nuclear weapon states would also fulfil their obligations and enable us to look forward to a world free from the nuclear arms race, a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty will reverse the prevailing feeling of frustration and bitter disappointment. Moreover, a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty will further enable the international community to isolate and effectively check that international leaper among this community of nations, the Apartheid regime of South Africa, whose nuclear ambitions for the blackmail to the opponents of its criminal policy, and in defiance of the firm determination of the D.A.U. for the nuclearisation of Africa, is well known. Written reports of the plans of the Apartheid regime, to acquire nuclear capability, and assistance provided by some powers to that regime in the nuclear field, are therefore quite alarming. Africa, which has declared its firm intention to make the continent a nuclear-free zone, cannot stand idly by in the face of this threat to its security."

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    Background: During United Nations discussions on disarmament, Nigeria has declared it will not tolerate a new partition of Africa. Speaking in the General Assembly last Friday (26 May), the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Joseph Garba, said disputes between and within African states were being fanned by what he termed "neo-colonialist motivations". These were backed by a refusal to believe that African peoples could make the right choice in their political options. Africa would not, and must not, be made the new theatre of the Cold War, Brigadier Garba declared. He went on to set out Nigergia's views on nuclear disarmament.

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